- The company has surpassed over 500 million users.
"In the first week of January, Telegram surpassed 500 million monthly active users. After that it kept growing: 25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone. These new users came from across the globe 38% from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America, and 8% from MENA. This is a significant increase compared to last year when 1.5M new users signed up every day. We've had surges of downloads before, throughout our 7-year history of protecting user privacy. But this time is different," Durov shared on his Telegram channel.
Taking a sly dig at WhatsApp for its new policies, Pavel wrote in his channel, "People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything as long as their apps have a critical mass of users. Unlike other popular apps, Telegram doesn't have shareholders or advertisers to report to. We don't do deals with marketers, data miners or government agencies. Since the day we launched in August 2013 we haven't disclosed a single byte of our users' private data to third parties."
However, WhatsApp in his defense issued a clarification and answered some of the most-asked questions. The Facebook-owned messaging app has said that policy update does not affect users' privacy with friends or family.
WhatsApp has said that the messaging app can neither see your private messages nor hear your calls, and neither can Facebook. It does not keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling. The Facebook-owned messaging app cannot see your shared location, and neither can Facebook.
Interestingly, WhatsApp is set to garner over 500 million users in India despite facing a backlash.